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VSLIC

VSLIC is an online product key management tool for RTW and RTSHARE.

What is a VSID?

The Vistasource Online Licensing Tool “vslic” allows easy management of your RTW & RTSHARE licenses by retrieving licenses via an internet connection using a unique identifier, or VSID. A single VSID can be used for multiple machines, simplifying large scale deployment.

Demonstration mode

After downloading and installing RTW for the first time, the application will attempt to obtain a demo license using the VSID “30DAYDEMO”, which will allow you to run RTW for 30 days. This VSID can only be used once for any machine and version of RTW.

Accessing VSLIC

The Vistasource Online Licensing Tool can be accessed in three ways:

  • At the end of the installation, keep the default selection Obtain permanent or evaluation license now. See Installation for more information.
  • In Excel 2007 or 2010, click License Management on the Vistasource ribbon menu. In Excel 2003, click Vistasource → License Management. See Installation for more information.
  • In the RTW application directory which by default is in Windows XP in C:\Program Files\Vistasource\RTW\4.5 and in Windows 7 in C:\Program Files (x86)\Vistasource\RTW\4.5 ). In Windows XP, click on the application named “vslic”. In Windows 7, it is required to run vslic as Administrator. To launch vslic on Windows 7, right-click on the application named “vslic” and select Run as Administrator.

The dialog Vistasource Online Licensing Tool opens.

A single VSID can cover product keys for multiple machines.
The options Verify License and Verify VSID provide information about the licensed features and the scope of the VSID.

Installation

To License RTW and RTSHARE during installation:

  1. At the end of the install process, keep the default selection Obtain permanent or evaluation license now. The dialog Vistasource Online Licensing Tool opens.
  2. Three scenarios are possible:
    1. If you install for the first time, the VSID will be set to“30DAYDEMO”. The tool will attempt to generate a demonstration license. If a demonstration license has already been generated for the machine, vslic will error and invite you to contact rtwsales@vistasource.com.
    2. If you have obtained a permanent VSID, enter the alphanumeric code.
    3. If you are a system administrator and installing multiple instances of the product with automatic license retrievals, see Options further down.
  3. Click Get license. The status window displays a list of your license components together with a confirmation that RTW is correctly licensed. A license called “vista.lic” will be installed in the application directory.
  4. Click Quit to close the dialog.
  5. Restart MS Excel and RTW is ready for use.

Post Installation

To license RTW & RTSHARE after installation:

  1. Click License Management in the Vistasource ribbon menu in MS Excel to open the Vistasource Online Licensing Tool dialog.
  2. Enter your alphanumeric VSID, To obtain a permanent VSID, contact rtwsales@vistasource.com.
  3. Click Get license. The status window displays a list of your license components together with a confirmation that RTW is correctly licensed. A license called “vista.lic” will be installed in the application directory.
  4. Click Quit to close the dialog.
  5. Restart Excel and RTW is ready for use.

Verification

To verify your licensed comopents:

  1. Click License Management in the Vistasource ribbon menu in MS Excel to open the Vistasource Online Licensing Tool dialog.
  2. Click Verify License. The status field displays a list of your licensed RTW features, e.g which RTW engine is licensed. A status message provides information about the state of the license.
  3. Click Quit to close the dialog.

License Status

To view information about the scope and status of your VISD:

  1. Click License Management in the Vistasource ribbon menu in Excel to open the Vistasource Online Licensing Tool dialog.
  2. Click Verify VSID. The status field displays a list of your licensed RTW features together with how many licenses were purchased, how many are already deployed, and a list of the machines that are currently licensed including install dates and MAC addresses.
  3. Click Quit to close the dialog.

System information

VSLIC can make a basic test to check the system and note any missing requirements:

  1. Click License Management in the Vistasource ribbon menu in MS Excel to open the Vistasource Online Licensing Tool dialog.
  2. Click System Info. The status field displays a list of information regarding your system including a check for the RTW version and installed RTW Add-ins.
  3. Click Quit to close the dialog.

Subscription Users

Licenses used under a subscription agreement have an expiration date. The expiration date corresponds to the annual renewal date (plus 1 month grace) of the subscription agreement.

To view this expiration date, click Verify VSID in the Online Licensing Tool. The expiration date appears in the status field.

Upon successful renewal, click Get license in the Online Licensing Tool to activate the new expiration date. Restart Excel, and your license is valid for the duration according to the renewed leasing terms.

Migration and Removal

A VSID can contain licenses for multiple machines.
If your VSID has an associated maintenance plan, uninstalling RTW or RTSHARE will free the license for use on another machine.

Options

For system adminstrators installing multiple instances of the product with automatic license retrievals, the following two user environment variables can to be set prior to installing RTW

  • VSID = your vsid
  • VSAUTO =“YES”

If these environment variables are set, the Online Licensing Tool will automatically generate the appropriate licenses upon installation.

Privacy

VSLIC is non invasive. The only machine information transmitted online to our license server is the MAC address, Hostname, and Username. We do not sell, trade of otherwise transfer this information to any outside parties.

Troubleshooting

In case problems arise, please check our troubleshooting section.